Pavel Tordaj, 42, a farmer, shows corn damaged by drought as he stands inside his field of corn in Padina, Serbia, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
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Evidence is piling up that this year's sizzling summer in central and southeastern Europe has decimated crops, drained rivers and hurt the animal world. As the drought's costs become clearer, temperatures in Serbia, Romania, Hungary and Croatia were expected to reach 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) again on Thursday following a few days of less oppressive heat. Serbia has been one of the hardest hit countries, with experts saying an estimated 60 percent of corn crops destroyed.Corn accounts for around one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of Serbia's farmland, which is widely perceived as having a poor watering system.Overall, around 60 percent of corn crops have been destroyed, according to Zeljko Kaitovic from the state-run Maize Research Institute.
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